November 28, 2018
This Sunday in Crossroads Kids  

Elizabeth and Zechariah (Luke 1:5-25)
This week we will read the story of Elizabeth and Zechariah. 
They had no children and they were  getting old. 
Elizabeth and Mary, the mother of Jesus, were cousins.

Please ask your children about the songs we are singing, what they learned, and engage with them at home by using the weekly 
52 Ways Kids Like to Receive a Blessing

Each week we will share a way kids like to receive a blessing. This is taken from the Crossroads Family Blessing handout.

I like to spend time with my family watching a movie or playing board games. 

What's Happening 
For our Fifth Graders 
From Erin Videgar, Student Ministries Coordinator

I can't believe it's already time to start talking about my favorite time of the year...  the Pittsburgh Project! Registration is now OPEN. The trip is July 15-19, 2019 and is for rising 6th graders through graduating seniors. You can register here and submit the $75 deposit to hold your spot. 

If you are interested in being an adult leader, send me an email ! We want this experience to be open to as many people as possible!!

Dates with a Purpose  
2nd Saturday of the Month, September through May
@ Crossroads UMC
Time: Drop off starts at 5:45 pm

Are you feeling that your marriage needs a bit of a spark? Or do you simply need space and someone trustworthy to care for your child/children? We can provide both!

Please register here .
Teen Yoga  
Tuesdays, 7:30 - 8:30pm @ Crossroads UMC

Teens today live in a stressful, competitive world full of constant technological stim ulation. Yoga & Mindfulness provide a winning combination of "tools" teens can use to help cope with the stress in their daily lives.

Flor's Family Resources 
Advent Wreath Candle Lighting

To celebrate the four Sundays of Advent we will have a brief candle lighting experience and reading for you and friends or family to celebrate at home.  Use this with a store-bought or handmade Advent Calendar of your choosing.

Here is the Advent Candle reading for 12-2-18

Reader 1: "For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. These words from the Book of Isaiah Chapter 9 Verse 6 refer to Jesus as the Prince of peace.
Reader 2: Today we light the first candle of our Advent wreath, the candle of Peace. May the light of this candle be a reminder to us every day that to follow in the way of Jesus means to live in peace with all people to the best of our ability. (Reader 2 Lights the candle.)
Reader 1: That means that we must be intentional about practicing peace every day, in every situation. May the prayer that guides our words and our actions in the coming week be "God, let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.

The Advent Storybook

Add The Advent Storybook to your family holiday traditions and enjoy the rich images and thoughtful retellings of ancient stories that feature God's recurring, faithful promise to rescue us. 

A simple question at the end of each story helps readers engage in understanding the bigger story God wants us all to know-the good news of Jesus coming to save us. Parents and children alike will delight in the biblical messages of joy, hope, and peace every day as they look forward to celebrating Jesus' birth.

Buy it here.

Reverse Advent Calendar

Advent is the perfect for focusing on the joy of the season, but it can also seem really commercial.  A couple of years ago we started our Advent acts of kindness, an alternative advent for kids to try and refocus this time away from receiving to giving. 

L ast year we made a Reverse Advent Calendar .

Help Our Planet
This is an amazing idea to help the planet!

As I get ready for the Christmas season, I want to be mindful about nature and the gifts that nature brings to us every day. 

From wrapping small gifts on pretty kitchen towels, to using scraps of fabric or a nice blanket, we could help the environment and give our loved ones a double gift!